N7 Initiative

In the wake of the Abraham Accords signed in September 2020, the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs, in partnership with the Jeffrey M. Talpins Foundation, launched the N7 Initiative to help accelerate and strengthen normalization between Israel and Arab and Muslim countries, and to drive bipartisan support in the US for normalization.


Past events

Latest analysis

New Atlanticist

Dec 1, 2023

What to expect in the next phase of Israel’s war against Hamas 

By Alex Plitsas

After a pause in fighting ended Friday, Israel will press ahead with a southern Gaza campaign that will face new challenges.

Conflict Israel

New Atlanticist

Nov 28, 2023

Why Morocco will not cut ties with Israel

By Sarah Zaaimi

Will mounting pro-Palestinian sentiment pressure Moroccan leadership to reverse the December 2020 normalization agreement with Israel? The short answer is no.

Conflict Economy & Business


Nov 27, 2023

Why Israel has no imminent plans to wind down its war on Hamas

By Shalom Lipner

Motivation in Israel, where the trauma of October 7 is still palpable, remains high to persist until the eradication of Hamas and its capability to inflict harm on Israeli targets.

Israel Middle East


Nov 22, 2023

Islamic Resistance in Iraq appears to be responsible for attacks in the country and there’s no end in sight 

By Lizzie Porter

Iraq is witnessing part of the regional fallout from the Israel-Hamas war, and Iraqi bases housing US troops are feeling that most forcefully.

Iran Iraq

New Atlanticist

Nov 21, 2023

The post-October 7 US strategy in the Middle East is coming into focus

By Daniel E. Mouton

While the conflict has increased the urgency for the United States to engage in the region, it is just one of several developments that require renewed US leadership.

Conflict Crisis Management

New Atlanticist

Nov 17, 2023

David Petraeus on how the US should manage a world of overlapping crises

By Katherine Walla

Petraeus discussed how conflict and deterrence have changed—and what those changes mean for Russia’s war in Ukraine and the Israel-Hamas war.

Conflict Crisis Management


Nov 17, 2023

The Gaza war is a reminder that the US needs to reevaluate its Iran policy

By Shukriya Bradost

Despite the Biden administration’s efforts to prevent a further escalation and the expansion of the Israel-Hamas war in the region, Iran-backed militia groups continue to challenge US forces.

Iran Israel


Nov 15, 2023

I covered the battle against ISIS in Mosul. Gaza’s challenges will make it look like child’s play.

By Arwa Damon

If there is something to be drawn from those lessons, it is that what Israel is doing right now will secure anything but peace and stability.

Iraq Israel


Nov 13, 2023

On a knife’s edge: How the conflict in Gaza could tip the scales in North Africa

By Karim Mezran

Western countries should take into consideration the ongoing tensions in North Africa to make their decision-making process regarding the events in Gaza more precise and holistic.

Conflict Israel


Nov 9, 2023

The Gaza war probably won’t change Iran’s nuclear strategy. It’ll make it difficult to reach a long-term agreement, though.

By Danny Citrinowicz  

For now, Iranian deterrence is working, since Tehran is not paying any price for its proxy activity.

Iran Israel

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